Gary Neville believes that Manchester United could extend Edinson Cavani’s stint at the club due to the costs it would require to sign a replacement.
The experienced forward sees his deal at Old Trafford expire at the end of the season but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have an option to extend the contract by another 12 months.
Cavani ‘s future has come under intense speculation, with a potential return to South America on the cards – where Argentine side Boca Juniors are among those vying for his signature.
However, should he leave, United’ s need to sign another striker will increase significantly and the finances required to bring in the same sort of player would be monstrous.
Cavani’s importance was displayed in United’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham in north London, with the Uruguayan forward netting a second-half winner.
An effort in the first half was controversially disallowed for a foul but Spurs failed to keep the former Paris Saint-Germain man quiet, as he also played a big part in Fred’s equaliser.
Former United defender Neville shared his thoughts on the situation and Cavani’s future during the match, where he questioned whether he is pushing for an exit.
“I mentioned in the first-half about his contract and those talks being ongoing. There’s a rumour about him wanting to go back to South America, but it’s whether Man United want to take him – they could,” he said on Sky Sports’ commentary.
“But if a player doesn’t want to stay, particularly at his point in his career, they probably won’t do it. But he’ll take some replacement for the job that he’s doing. How much does it cost to replace what he’s doing? A lot.”
Cavani has netted seven goals in 21 Premier League appearances for United this season, with his goal against Spurs being his first since February.